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The 50+ Greatest Automotive Quotes of all Time.

Here is a listing of some of the greatest quotes as they pertain to the automobile industry and racing.Also included are the photos of those who said them as well… who knows, maybe their pictures will give you a little insight as to the reasons why they said what they said. Either way though there are some kickers in there, so start reading and enjoy.
We all love famous quotes don’t we? Little snippets of verbiage that for whatever the reasons, are so profound that they stay with us forever.
Some, like Neil Armstrong’s famous moon landing quote have made history: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Others, like the beauties from Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees have just made us laugh and wonder: You can observe a lot just by watching or Baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical…?

1. To finish first, you must first finish. Rick Mears
2. Nobody remembers the guy who finished second but the guy who finished second.Bobby Unser
3. The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose. Dale Earnhardt

4. You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. – Dale Ernhardt Sr.
5. Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.Enzo Ferrari
6. The client is not always right.Enzo Ferrari

7. If you think the last 4 words of the national anthem are gentlemen, start your engines, you might be a redneck.Jeff Foxworthy.

8. Need to tie some kerosene rags around his ankles so the ants don’t eat his candy #$@
Dale Earnhardt speaking of Mark Martin.
9. The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.F1 commentator Murray Walker.

10. Turbochargers are for people who cant build engines.Keith Duckworth
11. Here Kitty Kitty Kitty! Tony Stewart
12. We broke something, I think it was traction…Carl Edwards after getting spun out by Dale Jr. at Michigan

13. Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports… all the others are games.Ernest Hemingway
14. Calling upon my years of experience, I froze at the controls.Stirling Moss
15. Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death…Hunter Thompson

16. I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s. Ayrton Senna
17. It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.Mario Andretti
18. Once you’ve raced, you never forget it…and you never get over it. Richard Childress

19. Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.Enzo Ferrari

20. There’s no secret. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left.
Bill Vukovich

21. To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster.
Sterling Moss

22. To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster.Sterling Moss
23. What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari
24. When you win a race your on top that day, so take it for what its worth, have a good time and party, cause the next day when you get out of bed, the meter goes back to zero again. Bobby Allison

25. No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin’.Harry Hogge, Days of Thunder
26. If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking 
zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. – Mark Donohue
27. If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough.Parnelli Jones

28. Mr. Bentley – He builds fast trucks.Ettore Bugatti
29. Why worry about death, it’ll come sooner or later. Jim Dunn
30. Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you. Jeremy Clarkson

31. Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built. Henry Ford
32. As far as cheating goes, they’ll never stop it. The only way it can be done successfully, only one person can know about it.Smokey Yunick
33. It’s like flying jet fighters in a gymnasium Dick Trickle was asked what racing at Windchester Speedway was like.

34. You can’t fix stupid Larry Morgan, NHRA Pro Stock driver
35. You can tell that you’re in trouble when you feel the air on the back of your neck instead of in your face. Buddy Baker
36. I got hit in the head pretty hard. My clock ran backwards for two years. – Buddy Baker

37. He ran out of talent about halfway through the corner.Buddy Baker
38. After the third flip, I lost control………… Don Roberts after crashing in the Jade Grenade at New England Dragway in 1975.
39. We worked 80 hour weeks for 30 years to keep from having to get a real job.Tom Lemon’s comment on the rigors of being a drag racing.

40. It’s basically the same, just darker. Alan Kulwicki, on racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons.
41. Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down. Dave Barry
42. If someone said to me that you can have three wishes, my first would have been to get into racing, my second to be in Formula 1, my third to drive for Ferrari.Gilles Villeneuve

43. There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.Murray Walker
44. When I raced a car last it was at a time when sex was safe and racing was dangerous. Now, it’s the other way round. Hans Stuck
45. I love this kind of racing, (but) these guys sure change their personalities in race mode. They’re like Doberman Pinschers with a hand grenade in their mouths. – Road racer Boris Said speaking of NEXTEL Cup drivers.

46. The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.Mario Andretti
47. When I started racing my father told me, ‘Cristiano, nobody has three balls but some people have two very good ones. Cristiano Da Matta
48. Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track, and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey, and you go to jail. Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend, and one time whiskey runner.

49. There have been other tracks that separated the men from the boys. This is the track that will separate the brave from the weak after the boys are gone. – Driver Jimmy Thompson speaking about Daytona International Speedway.
50. Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog. Damon Hill

51. “Racing Is Life. Anything That Happens Before or After
is Just Waiting.”…
The headline quote is a favorite line from
Steve McQueen’s character in the movie Le Mans. It sums up well my
current state of mind.

52. “Thank god there’s no 48-hour race anywhere in the world,
because chances are nobody could beat Porsche in a 48 hour race.
They’re probably the only cars in the world that would stand up for
something like that.”
– Carroll Shelby, quoted in Porsche
advertising brochure, 1972.

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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in Uncategorized



Porsche, There Is No Substitute – Risky Business

Warner Bros. film – “Risky Business” a 1983 teen comedy-drama film written by Paul Brickman. It is best known for being the film that launched Tom Cruise to stardom.

Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is a tame high school student who lives with his wealthy parents in the North Shore area of suburban Chicago. His father wants him to attend Princeton University, his alma mater, so Joel participates in Future Enterprise’s, an extracurricular activity in which students work in teams to create small businesses. When his parents go away on a trip, Joel’s friend Miles (Curtis Armstrong) convinces him to take advantage of his new found freedom by having some fun.

On the first night, he raids the liquor cabinet, plays the stereo loudly, and dances around the living room in his underwear and pink dress shirt to the tune of “Old Time Rock and Roll”. Another night, he races his father’s Porsche 928, despite his parents’ explicit instruction to drive only his mother’s car.Tom Cruise breaks it down in Risky business… showin’ the ladies how to work it….dances around the living room in his underwear and pink dress shirt to the tune of “Old Time Rock and Roll”.

Quest for “Risky Business” 928 Porsche


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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in Uncategorized



Porsche Motorsport – POC El Toro Airbase Road Course 2010

Video of the Porsche Owner’s Club at the Orange County Great Park – Old El Toro Marine Airstrip on March 13th & 14th, 2010. This is a professionally designed 2.14 mile high-speed road course with 15 corners, elevation changes, and painted curbing. The track is smooth and clean, minimizing rock chips! Racing through the heart of Orange County without getting a speeding ticket!


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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Uncategorized



From Road to Sky: The Porsche FlugMotoren, Auto Engines that Fly

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid: Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg tested the orange and white liveried racing 911 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Nico Hülkenberg
Source – Porsche Media Friday, 23 April 2010 
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid has passed its most unusual task by now with flying colours in preparation for the Nürburgring 24 hour race on 15/16 May.  AT&T Williams Formula 1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg tested the orange and white liveried racing 911 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the lead up to the third round of the VLN Long Distance Championship Hulkenberg was enthusiastic with many aspects of the experience: “Great car, fascinating technology and an incomparable track,” concluded Hülkenberg.

The Formula 1 driver completed three laps at his Nordschleife debut in a race car and was able to get an idea of the perfect interplay of all the hybrid system components. “This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche,” said Hülkenberg. One of the components of the hybrid system, the flywheel generator installed inside the cockpit, was designed and manufactured by Williams Hybrid Power following Porsche’s specifications.

“This circuit is unique, you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here,” said Hülkenberg, who has driven only single seaters on the race circuit. “Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.” In the 911 GT3 Hybrid, two electric motors at the front axle developing 60 kW (82 hp) each supplement the 353 kilowatt (480 hp) four litre flat six at the rear. Instead of the batteries used in hybrid road cars, an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit beside the driver delivers energy to the electric motors.

Compared to a battery, the flywheel generator has the advantage of storing and delivering high amounts of energy considerably quicker. Thanks to its sophisticated electronic control, the innovative hybrid drive of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid automatically provides optimal efficiency at racing speed. The combination of the combustion engine and electric motors fulfils a simple objective: Less fuel consumption without compromising performance. When overtaking or accelerating out of a bend, the driver can manually override the controls by pressing the boost paddle on the steering wheel and sending energy from the charged flywheel generator to the front axle.

This additional power of 120 kilowatts is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately six to eight seconds.

Photo credit Porsche Media 


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Jerry Seinfeld drives Porsche Boxster Spyder

One of the admirers of the new Boxster Spyder is comedian Jerry Seinfeld, whose RSK Spyder—part of his collection of Porsches, housed in southern California—sparkles alongside its latest descendant. On entering the Bernardus Lodge, the TV star goes straight to the Spyder, subjecting it to scrutiny that even the famed German Technical Inspection could not surpass. He pauses at the rear attachment points for the sunshield. How does it work, he wants to know. A Porsche expert opens the rear trunk and begins fastening the sunshield in place.

Standing a few feet away, Seinfeld turns to his friends with a big smile and says, very quietly,

“This is genius.”

Then he wants to test his enthusiasm all the more. Questioning is one of his passions. He goes to the Porsche tent, where design engineers are talking about how their team has reduced weight in the Spyder.

One of them invites Seinfeld to pick up the one-piece rear luggage compartment lip.

A fleeting moment of doubt on Seinfeld’s face is supplanted by a wide grin and a laugh as he easily hoists the lightweight component. He looks closely at the piece of metal and asks for confirmation that the silver-metal lid has not been painted. He is assured that it hasn’t been. That inspires him. He wants to know if he can get one that’s completely unpainted.

The Porsche officials hesitate for an instant.

“How many pounds would we save by not having paint?” Seinfeld asks with a grin. Ah, everyone thinks, he’s kidding.

Finally, as Seinfeld sits in the Boxster Spyder in the driveway and the car is about to pull away, an event worker rushes up and offers him some new driving gloves.

“Too much weight,” he smiles, and releases the clutch. He returns two hours later. What does he think? “My RSKSpyder is here,” he says, “and the basic idea, from 1958 to now, is similar. It feels like the same idea, pursued with the perspective gained from all these years.”

The comedian slips quickly into the role of an automotive tester, and every word is serious. What about the Boxster Spyder’s driving characteristics?

“You can’t make that car mess up. It will not stumble. And it’s got a comfortable suspension,” he replies. “You know,” he muses, “you really can drive it around the neighborhood to run an errand”—
although that would be something like hiring a Michelin threestar
chef to whip up a turkey burger.

Porsche-purist Seinfeld will order his Spyder without the air-conditioning and the optional navigation system. But he might give in on the radio and order it as an option.

“There’s something about cars and music,”he explains. “Now, if the law allowed a louder exhaust, that would work. So you need a radio to stimulate the other senses.” Okay, what color? He pauses and thinks for a moment. “Can I get apaintless Boxster Spyder?” he wonders out loud. “That rear deck lid was really great…”


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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Jerry Seinfeld


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Paris Barn find, Restoration of Porsche 917-024 movie "Le Mans"

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

Paris Barn find, Restoration of Porsche 917-024 movie “Le Mans”


The Porsche 917-024: this car is found in a granary near Paris after ca. 30 years (?????).
This car was only in Le Mans Test Weekend in April 1970 and was a film-car (one of a few film-cars) in movie “24.Heures of Le Mans” with Steve Mc Queen.

Steve McQueen – Le Mans

The car was in Jo Siffert-collection in this time.
And it is found near Paris (in a granary!!!!) by an editor from german oldtimer-magazine “Motor Klassik”.

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

Modena Motorsports Langenfield Germany

About the 2001 barn find in the Paris suburbs of 917-024 : German magazine Motor Klassik (March 2002) had an article with pictures of the car as it was found.

It carried number 65 and they still haven’t found out where that came from. It was the home of the “Ratatouille” family that had eaten away most of the electrical wiring and more. It has some Jo Siffert Automobiles / Fribourg stickers on the rear body.
According to my files, chassis 024 ran only at the Le Mans preliminaries in 1970 by Redman and Hailwood when it was white. It has no race history and was used for the Le Mans movie with an engine loaned from Zuffenhausen. The engine returned after the filming, the car disappeared.

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

Restoration of the Porsche 917 from the movie “Le Mans”
917 Chassis #24

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

Restoration of the Porsche 917 from the movie “Le Mans”

Porsche 917-024
Competition Group: 5
Constructed For: Porsche AG
Engine Specification: 4,494cc, 580hp
Ownership History: Porsche AG, Jo Siffert (1970), Solar Productions (1970), Pruir (France)
Competition Highlights: None
Chassis Notes: LONG TAIL 1969 VERSION.


Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Uncategorized



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